More Abu Ghraib prison photos to be published

US District Judge Alvin K Hellerstein, has ruled that photographs of inmate abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison must be released despite claims by the Washington government that they could damage America's image.

Hellerstein said his job was "not to defer to our worst fears, but to interpret and apply the law, in this case the Freedom of Information Act, which advances values important to our society, transparency and accountability in government".

The request for the information was made by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). A spokesman for the organisation said, "While no one wants to see what's on the photos or videos, they will play an essential role in holding our government leaders accountable for the torture that's happened on their watch."

US judge orders more photographs of abuse to be released (The Herald, 30 September 2005)

Judge orders release of more Abu Ghraib photos (, 29 September 2005)